PPF protests physical assault of two photographers by security officials
Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is concerned to learn that two photojournalists accredited to cover Ghana’s 56th independence anniversary ceremony were physically assaulted by security officials at the event.
Quoting information from The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Nii Martey Botwe of the state-owned Daily Graphic had his genitals electrocuted, his colleague, Vincent Dzatse, of the state-owned Ghanaian Times was slapped on the face several times by military personnel on the ceremony grounds.
The assault happened when Botwe, attempted to take photographs of President John Dramani Mahama and Dzatse, on the other hand, was ordered to move behind the security markings, but in an attempt to explain that he was already behind the markings, the military officer hit his head with his baton and violently pushed him to the ground, destroying his camera in the process.
PPF condemns this violent assault on these photojournalists during performing their journalistic duties and calls upon the government to ensure the safety and respect of journalists in country, and urges the government to take serious action against the culprits.
Pakistan Press Foundation